An Annual Rivalry - Hill Day Recap of Varsity Sports

This past Saturday marked the 132nd episode of one of Lawrenceville’s strongest and longest-lasting traditions: Hill Day.

This past Saturday marked the 132nd episode of one of Lawrenceville’s strongest and longest-lasting traditions: Hill Day. As one of the nation’s oldest high school rivalries, Hill School and Lawrenceville compete yearly. Hill Day and its preceding traditions—spirit week, bonfire, and pep rally—maximize school spirit at Lawrenceville and culminate the fall season of athletics with the highest level of competition.

Boys Varsity Soccer

The Boys Varsity Soccer team played in a tight defensive battle when the final outcome was only decided in the final minutes of the second half. The first 40 minutes of the game was a complete deadlock, as Hill and Lawrenceville entered halftime in a 0-0 tie. Both teams had their fair share of opportunities, but both defensive backlines had many timely clearances. Hill drew first blood, notching its first score with 20 minutes left in the contest. Hill increased its lead to 2-0 only minutes later. Despite this shift in momentum, Big Red put up a fight, as Goalkeeper Liam Flynn ’21 made a variety of acrobatic saves to the halt the Hill onslaught. Will Murray ’21 scored Lawrenceville’s only goal with two minutes left, however, Lawrenceville’s comeback attempt was too little too late as Big Red could not generate another meaningful scoring opportunity before time expired.

Girls Varsity Soccer

The Girls Varsity Soccer team defeated Hill with solid team effort. The team had been dominant defensively throughout the season, utilizing another strong defensive effort to engineer a 3-0 shutout that featured three different goal-scorers. Lawrenceville controlled the tempo of the game and limited Hill’s scoring opportunities. In a pivotal rivalry game, Big Red kept themselves in the driver’s seat of the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL). After Hill Weekend, the Girls Varsity Soccer team kept its hot streak going with a 6-0 home win against Hun and the MAPL title to boot.

Boys Varsity Football

The Football team entered the Hill game with high hopes, and Lawrenceville quickly delivered with stout defense and effective offense, taking a quick 13-0 lead. However, Hill’s offense picked up in the second quarter, and the two bitter rivals went back and forth until halftime. Running Back Jacob Fenton ’20 led Lawrenceville’s offense with over 150 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns as Lawrenceville trailed Hill 24-19 entering halftime. In the second half, Hill capitalized on Lawrenceville’s turnovers and miscues, while Lawrenceville’s offense struggled to get going, giving Hill a 49-19 victory.

Boys Varsity Water Polo

The Boys Varsity Water Polo team entered the Hill game hungry for revenge, as it was defeated in a matchup earlier in the season. Led by Co-Captains Henry Giangrande ’20 and Marvin Dominguez ’20, Big Red went back and forth with Hill for the first three quarters. Multi-goal efforts from Grayson Miller ’21 and Aidan Oster ’21 kept the game in reach, but Hill regained its momentum following a long shot buzzer-beater at the end of the third quarter and defeated Big Red 17-13.

Girls Varsity Tennis

The Girls Tennis team played eight-game pro sets, meaning every girl played singles and doubles. Tiffany Yeung ’22 and Sabrina Yeung ’22 played first doubles against their toughest opponents this season in a very challenging match, and the team was able to come out on top with a win. Across the board, Hill boasted strong serves and volleys, but Lawrenceville overcame this and was dominant in the doubles portion. Lawrenceville’s overall depth as a program was evident as Big Red defeated Hill in both doubles and singles portions of the contest with a final score of 15-1, capping off its undefeated season.

Girls Varsity Cross Country

This Hill Weekend, the Girls Cross Country team came out strong with a 23-32 victory over Hill (the lower score wins). According to Girls Varsity Cross Country Head Coach Katie Chaput, the best race was by Allison Haworth ’22, who raced Hill’s top girl. The two girls were neck and neck the whole race until around 400m left where it appeared that Allison was slowing down, only to strategically accelerate in the last seconds to win her matchup, also setting her PR at 19:38. Another strong performer was Charlotte Bednar ’22, who culminated a dominant season by running a course record time of 17:17.

Boys Varsity Cross Country

Coming off of the MAPL Invitational champions the weekend before, the Boys Cross Country team used this Hill Weekend to prepare for its upcoming New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) race. Nonetheless, it came out strong during the Hill Weekend, finishing with a 21 to 37 victory (the lower score wins) led by Vishnu Rajakannan ’20 with a time of 16:52, Alex Pesendorfer ’20 with 17:08, Téo Bammi ’20 with 17:41, all of whom raced their final home meets at Lawrenceville. Their strong performances were complemented by Matej Cacik ’21 and Chris Crane ’21 running strong races as well, finishing only a second apart with times of 17:21 and 17:22, respectively.

Girls Varsity Field Hockey

Though the Girls Varsity Field Hockey team had a strong season, winning the NJISAA and Mercer County tournaments, it fell to Hill’s field hockey team 3-0. Bridy Molyneaux ’20 and Co-Captains Lizzie Huesman ’20 and Grace Faircloth ’20 all put up great performances. Molyneaux had many great drives from the top of the circle but ultimately could not convert as she had a goal disallowed. Despite the loss, there were noticeable improvements in sportsmanship and effort to end off its great season.

Girls Varsity Water Polo

Last Wednesday, October 30, the Girls Varsity Water Polo team defeated Hill 14 to 8. Led by Co-Captains Isabelle Monaghan ’20 and Bettina Tapiero ’20, Lawrenceville was strong both offensively and defensively. Juliette Peel ’22 and Vivien Schmitz ’21 put up strong offensive performances, while goalkeeper Fiona Pando ’21 came up with many stops to keep Lawrenceville in the lead. With a well-rounded performance, the girls finished the day with a comfortable win.

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